Years ago I had an interview for a position teaching music to secondary school students in the prison system. A friend of mine was a teacher there and she had a love/hate relationship with the work. There were unusual restrictions on her dress:
- no open-toed shoes
- no bare arms
- no skirts above the knee
- high necklines, absolutely no clevege
- no heel to the shoe
- nothing in the hair that could be pulled out and used as a weapon
- need to use objects that are not able to be used as weapons, but such objects would by definition NOT STOMP
- The presence of strings that could be used to kill inmates if they smuggled one out of the lesson was too risky.
- Power cords can be used as weapons
- keys can be dissembled and used as weapons
- electronics inside keyboards can be used as weapons
- Orff Instruments
- Hmmm, removable metal bars, mallets, pins, and mallet shafts. Weapon, weapon, weapon, weapon
- any accompanying instrument can be used as a weapon (keyboard or guitar listed above) and a tuning fork can be sharpened into a knife with relative ease.
So imagine my delight as I was researching another project and came across this program in New York.
I'm going to have the people at RTA read my post and I'm hoping they give me some feedback about that interview I had in Westborough all those years ago. Maybe they'd be willing to do a guest post and share a little of their process. I know that many of you readers struggle with tough classes. How about some advice with teachers of prisoners in Sing Sing?